Meghna Cement Mills PLC.
Mrs. Afroza Begum is one of the sponsor directors of the Company has significant contributions towards the establishment and development of Bashundhara Group. She has been serving in the Board since the formation of this Company. She had her graduation from the University of Dhaka. She played a pivotal role in setting up of many new industries in steel & engineering, ship building and shipment, cement and paper sectors as well as the restructuring process of the group for achieving the optimum level of efficiency in productions.
She is the Chairman of Board of Trustees of Afroza Begum Welfare Foundation. The Foundation has been running a project of 200–bed hospital in Manikgonj district.
Mrs. Afroza Begum is one of the Trustees of Bashundhara Foundation and serving in this capacity since the establishment of the Foundation. The Foundation has been operating “Interest-Free Loan Scheme/Project“ operated for the poverty-stricken poor women community of the rural areas. This unique and extraordinary scheme was the brainchild of Mrs. Afroza Begum. The Scheme already helped more than 16,000 women of the working areas of the Bashundhara Foundation situated in rural target of Bangladesh for their becoming self-reliant.
Mrs. Afroza Begum is also the Sponsor Director/Shareholder of Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd, Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd., Bashundhara Steel and Engineering Ltd., City Multi Agricultural Company Ltd., Bashundhara Infrastructure Development Ltd., Bashund hara Cement Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Shipping Lines Ltd., Bashundhara Amusement Park Ltd., Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Ltd., and Sea Real Estate Developers Ltd. etc.
She is a CIP and one of the highest income taxpayers in Bangladesh for the consecutive last several years.
Mr. Ahmed Akbar Sobhan is one of the Sponsor Directors and the Chairman of Meghna Cement Mills PLC. He graduated in Business Studies from the University of Dhaka. He founded Bashundhara Group back in the 80s, which is become the leading industrial group of Bangladesh. Bashundhara Group (BG) now consisting of more than 88 companies comprising of moderate to heavy industrial and business units. His leadership, commitment and vision placed this group in highest position and now BG emerged as one of the biggest industrial and commercial conglomerates in the country.
He is also the Director of East West Property Development (Pvt.) Ltd., Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd., Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd., East West Media Group Ltd., Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Infrastructure Development Ltd., Bashundhara International Trade Center Limited, Bashundhara Cement Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Agricultural Products Ltd., Dhaka Multi Agricultural Complex Ltd., and many other companies of the group.
Mr. Ahmed Akbar Sobhan was the Chairman/President of many financial institutions, trade organizations and trade bodies including Bangladesh Paper Mills Association, Bangladesh Land Developers Association, Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers Association etc. He was also member of general body of FBCCI, DCCI, ICC and currently serving as the Chairman, Standing Committee of REHAB.
He received many accolades, at home and abroad, in recognition of his excellent business leadership, performance and remarkable contributions in the socio–economic fields, international understanding, conflict resolution and bringing peace, including President’s Gold Medal in 1994, Kazi Nazrul Islam National Award in 1992, Moulana Bhasani National Award in 1993, Arthakantha Business Award in 2001, USA Summit International Award in 2002 and Janata Bank Prime Customer Award in 2002 and Agrani Bank Best Client Award in 2010, Mother Teresa International Canonisation Award in 2019, Kolkata’s St Xavier’s College prestigious Award Dashabhuja Bengali 2019, Information Communication Entertainment (ICA) Award in 2019 given by the Bengal Film and Television Chamber of Commerce, Franchise India organized Indian Retail Award and Indian E-Retail Award 2019. He was a sports man and now a sponsor of sports of this country. He is the owner of Bashundhara Kings, a leading Sports Club of Bangladesh.
He is the Chairman of Board of Trustees of Bashundhara Foundation and the Chief Patron of Afroza Begum Welfare Foundation. These Foundations have been working tirelessly for the betterment of the poor and unprivileged people of this country. These two foundations have been living up to Bashundhara Group’s promise of “For the People for the Country”.
Mr. Mohammad Nurul Karim, one of the successful bureaucrats of Bangla desh government, went on retirement early this year (2020) as the Additional Secretary of the Information Ministry. He had colourful assignments during his 34 years of bureaucratic career that began as a District Adjutant of the Ansar & Village Defence Party (VDP) back in 1986. He did serve the Cabinet Division as the Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary. The Ministry of Environment and Forest, Ministry of Science and Technology, the Education Assistance Trust of the Prime Minister, the Bureau of Mineral Development, a component of Power & Energy Ministry, had been under his command as the Additional Secretary. Mr. Karim is a person of multi-disciplinary knowledge what he has accomplished from pleasure readings, attending professional trainings, seminar-symposium and experience sharing forums at home and abroad beside representing the state at different international forums.
Crisis Management Course for Senior Public Officials under the US Depart ment of State, Training on Anti-Corruption under the Malaysian Anticorrup tion Academy, the UN General Assembly on Environment, Advance Course on Administration and Development, the MATT training under the Ministry of Public Administration are the notable ones he so far has taken successfully. He led the Technical Committee for Carbon Emission in the NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) as the country representative of Bangladesh and became its Chair. He finally had become regional representative of South Asia to the International Committee for Ozone Depleting Substances.
He travelled many countries including Japan, Switzerland, France, Canada, Australia and Mexico.